Ratur (Arthur Maslard) is French born from Normandy. He is a painter, graffiti artist, graphic designer and a muralist.
His work is a mix of hyper-real and surreal which is achieved through depicting the human form (notably, his fixation with hands) in a type of broken reality. Ratur’s main influences are an unusual blend of his studies in Graphic Design, his interest and reference to the classics in painting and finally his tendency toward the style and subject matter of street art.
Having exhibited in France, America and now Australia, Ratur is moving toward becoming an internationally recognised artist along with his brother Sckaro (also represented by 19 Karen), whom he collaborates and exhibits with frequently.
Ratur was born in Le Havre, France in 1983. Attracted by drawing and graphic arts, in 2001 he attended a visual communication school, where he met graffiti artist Madkow. A few months later, the two paint their first mural and found the MV3 collective with Ratur’s younger brother Sckaro.
Freelancing since 2007, Ratur works primarily in graphic design and illustration, but never dropped sprays and brushes. His participation in various street art festivals and exhibitions in Europe and the United States is gradually pushing him towards an international career.
The figurative work of Ratur examines the relationship between graffiti and old masters. His European influences revolve around classic painting, graphic design and graffiti. His characters, who always seem to want to remain anonymous, are depicted in a very contemporary way. Despite his realistic approach, he does not seek to reproduce reality and plays with different graphic treatments on successive planes and the depth of field. The hand, omnipresent in his work, often provides context and tells us more about the character’s intentions.
2017 ‘Vertigo’, Galerie 42b, Paris, France
2016 ‘Tourist’, First Amendment, San Francisco, USA
2016 ‘Breaking dimensions’, C.A.V.E. Gallery, Venice, USA
2015 ‘catch-me-if-you-can’, 1AM Gallery, San Francisco, USA
2014 ‘Becoming Lucid’, 1AM Gallery, San Francisco, USA
2016 ‘no title’, Galerie 42b, Paris, France
2016 ‘no title’, BASH Gallery, Las Vegas, USA
2016 ‘4th Annual 12×12 Show’, Gauntlet Gallery, San Francisco, USA
2016 ‘3rd Annual ‘POW! WOW!’ “Exploring The New Contemporary Movement” , Honolulu Museum of Art School curated by Thinkspace Gallery, Honolulu, USA
2015 / 2016 ‘La collective de Noël’ Montana Galerie, Montpellier, FRANCE
2015 ‘Lucky 7 Anniversary Show’, C.A.V.E. Gallery, Venice, USA
2015 ‘1AM Revolution’, 1AM Gallery, San Francisco, USA
2014 ‘Honey, I Shrunk The Streets’, 1AM Gallery, San Francisco, USA
2014 ‘Spring Art Collection’, 1AM Gallery, San Francisco, USA